STEM education appeared to offer kids an inclusive, holistic and integrated approach to content that used to be very boring and hard to get. With this new way of teaching science, technology, engineering and math, education becomes more and more social, honouring the theories of Vygotsky.
Besides learning how to program a virtual robot, getting ideas for a new creative code for their EV3s, doing incredible STEM projects, or understanding how technology can make this world a better place, STEM education can give your students a new, remarkable mindset for them to interact with the world in a new, more successful way.
But how can we, as teachers, make sure our students do incorporate the number of abilities STEM education can provide them with? Is there a way to assure parents that their kids are going to apply problem-solving, critical thinking, computational thinking, and teamwork in every aspect of their lives? Well, at least we can give you a few tips to be a bit closer to this reachable utopia. Are you ready?
Tips to make your students apply STEM values every day!
There are many things you can do to encourage your students to actually incorporate and apprehend the content, tools and skills you are delivering during class. Most of these things are easy for you to do, and are going to have a enormous impact in the results each individual of your class is going to have in their careers and lives.
Here a few ideas for you to put into practice.
Making an outdoor class is always a good idea. Students experience something different and their more willing to learn and receive tools.
Many schools are implementing outdoors STEM programs to encourage their students to learn more and better. A great example of this are the innovations the Graham Local Schools are implementing every single day. Innovations that Kirk Koennecke commented about in the outstanding STEM webinar he offered for the entire community.
Outdoors activities are always fun and enable students to relate to projects, content and knowledge from a place in which, incorporating it becomes easier and funnier. When the learning processes go beyond the 4 walls of the classroom, magical things can -and will- happen.
Pick an online and interactive STEM tool they can use also at home
Having a tool (ideally online) at school to learn STEM that students can take back home and keep on practicing is ideal! It maintains the same point we discussed before: Taking the learning process to the next level by making it last way longer than the time they spend inside the classroom.
When picking one of these tools take into consideration how fun it will be for your students to use it, the engagement it can create, and how easy it will be for you as a teacher to use the back office of this same tool to evaluate students and see their individual processes.
The pedagogical content is transcendental, but not less important than the way in which the different online STEM-tools make students enjoy the usage of it.
CoderZ, for example, has a lot of gamified missions for students, accompanied by a number of pedagogical curricula for the teacher to implement it in the STEM classroom in a smooth, enjoyable way.
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Show them real life examples
One of the biggest issues the old model used to have is that students could not relate the content they received in class with real-life situations in which they could apply it.
When students can actually see where, how and when to implement the new knowledge they just received from you, this knowledge become useful and resourceful, and when that happens, they succeed to incorporate it in a fast, effective way.
We suggest day trips to check hi-tech companies, to a bank, to the fields, to farms, to robotics laboratories, and even to supermarkets. Only this way, in with the wise guidance of a prepared teacher, your students will see -in concrete- how to use all of the tools you give them in class.
Stay updated for new tools, competitions, and STEM-related activities
Stay updated, read STEM-related blogs, be aware of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions happening nearby, research, be part of offline and online communities for STEM professionals, assist STEM webinars, and make sure you are always learning something new.
The best way to be one of the bests is to be updated, to always work from the heart and to center the focus in each individual who’s part of your class. When understanding that we are working with human beings, and that we have to be better everyday for them to become the leaders of tomorrow, then we have found the key to success.
Are you ready to make your students incorporate STEM principals in their everyday lives? It is up to you!